Chevy is entering the off-roading game once again with their 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2. There are many people who are worried about the new Silverado ZR2 and its ability to compete in the off-roading category. The competition is fierce, with Ford’s Raptor and RAM’s TRX. They are off-roading monsters. So how does the Silverado ZR2 compare with them? The order is quite tall, the previously mentioned trucks are top-selling on the US market. Especially for lovers of driving off the road. ZR2 would have to match it with style, luxury, and of course power and functionality.
Without all of the above, we are not sure how Chevy plans to make the best off-roading truck. The design should not be bland, it needs to be built for the wild. Making it mean is no easy task. Big bumpers and an angry front grille would do the trick. A hood that is customized for functionality and style is also something that would help Chevy get the job done. Without further ado, let us dig deep into the review and see why is 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 a worthy opponent to other off-roading trucks.
Chevy Silverado ZR2 Interior
When it comes to interior and the style, there is much to talk about with the 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2. Right off the bat, we can see that the designers took inspiration from racing cars and rally-built vehicles. This means that the seating is much improved from the previous version or its cousins. Better cushioning is much needed, especially when you are not driving on the tarmac. So, designers decided to make it more cushioned and more ergonomic. Which probably means it has some means of lumbar support.
And we all know how much we hate it when we have stiff back after a long drive. This way Chevy added much-needed comfort to a vehicle that is going out of its comfort zone. Adding heating and cooling capabilities to those seats is another amenity that can help Chevy win the hearts of drivers. By equipping seats with that type of technology, even in the harshest conditions passengers are going to be at ease and enjoy the ride, no matter how bumpy it is.
The instrument panel wears leather and soft feel plastic. It is nothing luxurious, but this car isn’t trying to be that. It has 4 vents for heating and cooling which should be more than enough. Plenty of buttons and knobs are present on the panel which gives us the feeling that Chevy wasn’t going for a minimalistic look. A central infotainment system is also present. It is a 13.4-inch touchscreen that can control anything connected to a battery.
And it is just big enough for everyone to join in. We say everyone since the 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 is crew cab only. This means five people can be seated comfortably with plenty of legroom and headroom. Also, four full doors are at your disposal. The dashboard is fully digital which is a nice step toward the future. We saw many manufacturers doing this and we must say we like the idea. As time goes on, we will see more and more components switching from analog to digital environments.
This will ensure ease of access and not everything will be scattered around the cabin. There are buttons on the steering wheel, which are quite pleasant to hold onto. It doesn’t feel cheap or like it is going to get wear and tear any time soon. This way drivers don’t have to look away and take their eyes off the road.
By doing this Chevy increased safety in the car. There will most definitely be driver’s aid software. Pedestrian detection, collision alert, and several other features are a staple nowadays in vehicles. Perhaps Chevy will add their Super Cruise which is hands-free driving. However, this is only available on 200 000 miles of pre-mapped interstate. But nevertheless, you have to keep your eyes on the road.
On the outside, Chevy managed to pull an upset. The truck looks menacing. It has the size and the look to take on anything you throw at it. The ride height looks more than enough so nothing gets stuck underneath. The wheels are a 20-inch lightweight alloy. Wrapped with Goodyear’s off-roading tire. They look beefy and are quite capable of tackling obstacles. The front mesh is also lightweight in order to decrease weight.
This can help improve the power to weight ratio and make the truck go faster and stronger. By doing this, designers managed to improve fuel economy. The mesh also lets a lot of air under the hood, this keeps things cool and negates all overheating problems. The hood is specially customized for the ZR2. It has 2 colors and has a sporty look. Bumpers on the front and back look sturdy and more prominent than before.
Potent V8 Gasoline Engine
Under the hood, the 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 is using a 6.2-liter V8 that also powers the standard version of the Silverado 1500. It can produce 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. More than enough to make the big ZR2 zoom anywhere. It has an all-wheel-drive with transfer cases that can transfer power to both front and back or left or right.
Electronic differentials are also present. It comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission. There are still no official statements about the hybrid or an all-electric version of the 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2. Which doesn’t mean it won’t happen. We know that pickups can be fully electric and with great capabilities. There are words about a 3.0-liter V8 that runs on diesel. But the jury is still out on that one.
2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Price, Release Date
Expect to see the 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 on the road sometime in late 2022. Starting price should be just shy of $60000. This is for the basic package, more amenities mean a higher price of course.